Pro-Parris Mobility:


10% Change Total
Down 4
No Change 8
Up 9
Grand Total 21
10% Pro-Parris Change

Changes of 10% "Up" or "Down" as well as "No Change" between 1681 and 1690 can be hand counted or found by means of a pivot table, using the Data menu. The results can be displayed in a pie chart.

Of the twenty-one, pro-Parris persisters, a substantial majority either improved their percentile economic standing in Salem Village or experienced no significant change. Only four pro-Parris members moved lower in their percentile ranking; twice as many moved higher. While the results are limited to only twenty-one pro-Parris signers, the results nevertheless support the suggestion of group statistics that supporters of the witch trials likely improved their economic standing in the years prior to the witchcraft outbreak.

Users can refine this analysis by identifying the experiences of groups of pro-Parris members, such as the wealthy, middling, and poor. For example, sorting the twenty-one pro-Parris taxpayers in descending order of wealth by selecting the "Sort" command in the Data menu (or choosing the "Sort Descending" command in the AutoFilter button) reveals that the wealthiest Parris supporters maintained their standing while those in the ranks of the middling and poor showed a distinct upward trend.

Additionally, users can determine which pro-Parris taxpayers moved up or down into different quartile groups by selecting both the 1681 percent and the 1690 percent columns, then sorting the 1690 percent column in descending order. It shows that well over half (twelve) of the twenty-one pro-Parris taxpayers appearing on both lists were in the top quartile of Salem Village taxpayers by 1690 and that no top quartile pro-Parris taxpayer in 1681 fell out of that group. Moreover, five of these twelve well-to-do Parris supporters had been in the middling 50%-75% group of taxpayers in 1681 but jumped in rank at least ten percent and landed in the top quartile of taxpayers.

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